Are Villa back?

We are playing a better brand of football, and the new manager is starting to get rid of the deadwood in the Villa dressing room while introducing new players who have determination to do well for the club.

Are Villa back?

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Andy

August 7th, 2012

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Paul Lambert has started to work his magic at Villa Park and Aston Villa under the Scottish man’s vision is slowly beginning to take shape.

Despite the setback on Saturday when we lost 3-1 to Nottingham Forest, Villa have been unbeaten in 5 pre-season games and there are positives to take from all fixtures.

We are playing a better brand of football, and the new manager is starting to get rid of the deadwood in the Villa dressing room while introducing new players who have determination to do well for the club.

One of the main areas that needed strengthening was our defence and we already have two new faces, with talk other there possibly being another.

James Collins has been sold back to West Ham, in a deal I was very happy with because of his hoofing and how quickly he is to dive into players.

He was replaced by captain of Feyenoord and Holland international Ron Vlaar. I wont pretend to know a lot about his but the centre half has said all the right things in the press and is said to be a tough tackling no nonsense leader if you are to ask the Feyenoord faithful.

Matthew Lowton is another addition to strengthen our back line after signing for £3million from Sheffield United. He is said to be very versatile being able to play anywhere across the back four, with right back being is natural position. Again ideal to replace possibly the worst right back in my Villa history in Alan Hutton, who could be set to a move to Stoke if you believe the papers.

Then there’s Karim El Ahmadi – Lamberts first signing. He was named player of the year in the Dutch league last season and is already impressing the Aston Villa faithful.

The 27 year old Morrocon midfielder is said to be the sort of player Villa have needed since we lost Gareth Barry to Manchester City. He isn’t scared to get stuck in and has a great eye for a pass, long or short.

And finally, not to forget the free transfer of Australian Brett Holman. The winger was signed by Alex McLeish but already looks a decent catch and Paul Lambert has promised him a chance despite not being one of his signings.

Hardly names to scare the big boys of the Premier League but never the less we are bringing in players from across the world, something we have failed to do in the past.

Now I know, and I’m sure the majority of the Aston Villa faithful are not expecting to be challenging for Europe this season, and we probably don’t expect to win any silverware but there is a lot of positive vibes coming from both the players and the fans.

People are believing in the manager – something we haven’t been able to do since Martin O’Neill.

I said last season that West Bromwich Albion would regret not beating us at the Hawthorns, which would of relegated us as I firmly believe Aston Villa are back and will once again return as the number 1 side in the Midlands.

 

Words by Stuart Young

Read more of Stuart’s Aston Villa Blog here.

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